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October 2013

Some of the offerings from this year's Geology Library Rock Auction.
Earth Science Week 2013
The Geology Division enjoyed a very productive 2013 Earth Science Week (Oct. 13-19). The theme was "Mapping Our World."

  • The Geology Library's annual Rock Auction on October 15 was a great success, with proceeds supporting the Combined Fund Drive.
  • The division participated in the 2013 Great Washington Shakeout on October 17; staff practiced the "drop, cover, and hold on" earthquake preparedness protocol at 10:17 that morning. The Washington State Emergency Management Department used our Seismic Scenarios Catalog to create their YouTube promotional video for the event.  
  •  October 18 was National Geologic Map day. Geologist & baker extraordinaire, Carrie Gillum, treated DGER staff with Geologic Map of Washington State cupcakes!

The cupcake map highlighted our "Page-size" Geologic Map of Washington, which has been rejuvenated in digital (GIS) form, enhancing the appearance of the cartography and improving its resolution. Educators often find this map useful for introducing basic Washington State geology to their students and appreciate that it can be printed on a standard home printer.  


October Geology Image of the Month

The October geology image of the month was submitted by DGER Geologist, Eric Schuster. It shows the west side of Glacier Peak (elev. 10541 ft.), a young stratovolcano located in the Cascade Range, eastern Snohomish County, Washington. Prominent glaciers are the slightly curved Scimitar Glacier, in the center of the photo, and the Kennedy Glacier, to the left. Striking is the amount of bare rock near the glaciers that clearly was ice-covered not long ago. This image was taken from the Pacific Crest Trail on Kennedy Ridge September 8, 2013, by Tim Olson of Albany Oregon.
What's New on the Web?

The Washington Geology Library now has a new online catalog! This tool will make it easier to access materials available in the library and online. The catalog will be accessible from the library website
or directly through the URL:

Please contact the librarian Stephanie Earls for more information: 360-902-1473 OR Stephanie.earls@dnr.wa.gov
New Publications

Cascadia subduction zone earthquakes--A magnitude 9.0 earthquake scenario, by the Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup (CREW). 2013 update. 23 p. [3.5 MB]

The new scenario of a Cascadia earthquake, published by the Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup (CREW) jointly with the Washington Division of Geology and Earth Resources (DGER), the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI), and the British Columbia Geological Survey (BCGS)has been released.

This publication is available free online. Hard copies can be ordered for the cost of shipping & handling from the Department of Enterprise Services

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